Independent and FREE - the way it should be

All-star bowls squad assembled at Kawana

Your news, independent and FREE - the way it should be

All-star bowls squad assembled at Kawana


Star Kawana recruits set to boost lawn bowls on Sunshine Coast

Do you have a news tip? Click here to send to our news team.

Ready to roll: work to begin on Caloundra skate park

A new precision-built skate park is expected to be ready in the heart of Caloundra by September. Skaters, BMXers and scooter riders will soon see More

Spinners invite community to try wheelchair sports

The Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Sports Club is throwing open the doors to its social wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby sessions. The club’s inviting everyone to More

Teen returns from injury and sets sights on Games

Teenage skateboard star Haylie Powell says her arm is recovering well after a significant crash in November and she hopes to qualify for the More

An all-star squad should provide Club Kawana Bowls Club with a prime chance to win the state league, while providing the sport with a massive boost in the region.

The Wurtulla-based club has recruited strongly to form a team which has been touted as the best on the Sunshine Coast for a decade.

They’re expected to be genuine contenders in the Premier League Queensland.

Julie Keegan, Katelyn Inch, Ryan Burnett and Brett Wilkie have joined Peter Leon and Kurt Brown at the club.

Want more stories about bowls? Keep them coming by subscribing to our free daily news bulletin: Go to SUBSCRIBE and add your name and email. Also, stay tuned for our regular bowls feature each Tuesday in

Sunshine Coast Men’s District Bowls Association secretary Barry Ashby said the group was “unbelievable”.

“Kawana has achieved more than most bowls clubs would ever have achieved in attaining these players.

“They would be the strongest club on the Sunshine Coast in the last 10 years without a shadow of a doubt.”

Club Kawana were runner-up in the Queensland league two years ago and they’re expected to press claims for victory in 2021.

“If they don’t make the final, I will be very surprised,” Ashby said.

Julie Keegan during a Queensland league game. Picture: Warren Lynam.

Impressive resumes

Keegan is a powerhouse on the Australian bowls scene and has been for some time. The 56-year-old Coolum product won the 2008 world fours title.

Inch, 25, is the reigning New Zealand singles and pairs champion and she combined with Keegan to win the 2019 Australian pairs crown.

Inch’s partner Burnett, 27, was the 2015 world under-25 champion and he won 2017 and 2018 Australian fours titles.

Peter Leon captured the Queensland singles title last year at the age of 72, 16 years after previously winning it.

Wilkie, 46, was a world fours champion in 2012 and 2016 and is the current CEO of Bowls Queensland.

Meanwhile, Brown was a 2010 national triples champion and the 30-year-old is the bowls director at Kawana.

Kurt Brown in action during a Queensland league game. Picture: Warren Lynam.

The six are likely to provide Club Kawana with a strong chance in the premier league, with their first fixture at home scheduled for January 15.

The players could compete in several other key events, like the Australian Open, state championships and world championships.

Ashby said the star bowlers were attracted to the club because it is a growing force with a burgeoning reputation.

“Once a club gains strength, players go to it and it becomes even better.”

Arrivals could spark bowls growth

Ashby said their recruitment could signal a new era for the sport on the Sunshine Coast.

“We want to try and boost the image of bowls here and this (their arrival) is a very good start,” he said.

“Bowls has suffered a bit in the last number of years (on the Sunshine Coast).

“We’ve been the poor cousins to the Gold Coast.

“What this may do is encourage another club on the Sunshine Coast to build as well and attempt to get into the premier league.”

Ashby said Maroochydore, Coolum and Mooloolaba were capable of building their profiles.

“But to entice (marquee) players is a reasonably hard job. You’ve got to have someone (already) there to attract them … and it costs a fair bit to play in the premier league,” he added.

Ashby said the Sunshine Coast boasts several clubs and signature events, including the annual Winter Bowls Carnival.

The weeks-long festival usually attracts thousands of people and includes multiple events at various clubs.

And the region’s bowls scene has been bolstered by the inclusion of the Glasshouse Country Bowls Club, which has moved from the Moreton Bay association.

The hinterland club has been dubbed by Ashby as “progressive” with a talented junior base.


Dolphins in great shape for rugby league season

A deep roster, with an imposing spine, has Kawana coach Andrew Hinson buoyant ahead of the Sunshine Coast rugby league season. The nine-team A-grade competition More

Scorchers women fire up for Premier Grade finals

Sunshine Coast captain Clodagh Ryall is optimistic they can go all the way in their maiden season in the state competition. The Scorchers women have More

Glasshouse strives to break 36-year cricket drought

Glasshouse cricket stalwart Jeremy Schultz says they have a prime opportunity to snap a 36-year premiership drought, heading into the Sunshine Coast Division 1 More